Pediatricians in Suriname are warning of the impasse in neonatal care in the country. Due to the lack of professional nursing staff, medicines and equipment, they say they have reached the point where they can no longer provide adequate care for premature and seriously ill babies.
The maternity ward of the Paramaribo Academic Pediatric Center is no longer able to provide care for the most serious cases. “As a result, premature babies in Suriname, especially those between 27 and 30 weeks of gestational age, and very sick full-term newborns die. This is heartbreaking for parents and for us as a pediatrician. It’s also frustrating and frustrating for the doctors. This is unacceptable. The lowest point,” pediatrician Marjorie Muringen said on behalf of the department.
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Two other hospitals in Paramaribo were also forced to stop some forms of care. For example, Sint Vincentius Hospital does not have enough monitors, incubators, and X-ray machines. “As a result, despite our many improvisations, high-quality care for sick children, especially sick newborns, has become almost impossible.”
According to reporter Nina Jurna, this is the first time an alarm has been issued in this way. This call for help is certainly not useless. Due to the corona crisis, the problem will only get worse and the shortage of professionals is even more serious. There are only 27 IC beds for corona patients in Suriname. Last week, 23 beds were covered. Occupied. In order to expand the scale, experts must be withdrawn from other departments that are often in short supply. “
Pediatrician Mullingen said the problem has been there for some time. Mullingen said: “For a long time, medical staff have done their best to bring the children to their parents and society.” The pediatric department said that it has raised questions to the Suriname government many times, but no Any result.
Reporter Jurna said: “The Suriname media’s response to the Minister of Public Health Lamartine showed that the problem has existed for some time, but the emergency situation has now surprised him. He hopes to hold urgent consultations with the department.
The minister is now Connected In the academic hospital of Paramaribo. The director told him that so far, there have been no reports of child deaths in the children’s intensive care unit.
In the comments Star news Ramadan recognized these problems and said that he would start working soon. He is said to be negotiating with Cuba and India to hire professional nurses from there in a short period of time. Due to the second corona wave, these plans have been postponed.